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Dillard Mill State Historic Site

The final stop on the St Francois tour was the Dillard Mill State Historic Site.  This turned out to be far more interesting than expected.  You can wander the main floor for free, but for $4 I got the 40-minute … Continue reading

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A tour of the St Francois Mountains

I’m heading off for a 10 day tour of the St Francois Mountains of SE Missouri.  I’ve been in the area only once before, at Bell Mountain, and there are so many other places nearby that have been on my … Continue reading

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Labor Day Road Trip – Day 3

On day 3 I broke camp at Arrow Rock and headed NW to Van Meter State Park.  This place was so quiet and tranquil – a big and welcome change from Arrow Rock and Finger Lakes.  One of the first … Continue reading

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Labor Day Road Trip – Day 2

The next morning at Finger Lakes State Park, the Kelly Branch trail looked kinda muddy so I decided to go to the next stop and maybe come back afterward to hike it. The star of the weekend was Pinnacles Youth … Continue reading

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Labor Day Road Trip – Day 1

There were a few hiking trails in the Columbia MO area that I’ve wanted to check out and I had a long weekend with no other plans so off I went on my first solo multi-day trip.  I spent most … Continue reading

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Heat, Humidity, Hills, and Hiking

I spent four days at Blanchard Springs Recreation Area in Arkansas on a trip organized by a local Sierra Club group. This is in the Ozark National Forest on the North Sylamore Creek near the point where it dumps into … Continue reading

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Chicago’s Willis Tower

Chicago is an old Potawatomi word meaning “wait in line here” and I got the full treatment at the Willis (formerly Sears) Tower.  I had a few hours between trains and figured I should see it while I was here. … Continue reading

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The Amtrak Blues

The trip to and from Maryland was my first time on a train.  From KC you first take a 7.5 hour ride on the Southwest Chief to Chicago, then you have a layover of about 3 hours, then hop on … Continue reading

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